In 1789, the main source of food was bread as it was a cheap and sustainable food that women would buy for their families. But because of the poor French economy due to King Louis, bread prices were increased. This angered many women as bread became less available and more expensive leaving many families starved.
On the morning of October 5, 1789, a large group of women in a Paris marketplace began to revolt. They wanted to buy bread for their families. They began to march through Paris demanding bread at a fair price. As they marched, more people joined the group and soon there were thousands of marchers.
Early the next morning group of women invaded the palace, attempting to find the queen’s rooms. At least two guards were killed, and their heads were raised on pikes before the fighting in the palace calmed. King Louis was then convinced to address the crowd. He then would go on to say that he would go to Paris to lower taxes and bread prices.